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ask out

Invite someone to something, such as dinner, the theater, or a date. For example, We've been asked out to dinner twice this week, or Mary felt shy about asking John out. [ Late 1800s ]
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  • I ask out of politeness, dear; I don't really care in the least how your ankle is!

    Arundel Edward Frederic Benson
  • She spoke to him with her brows, afraid to ask out loud why he had done this, though there could be only one reason.

    Step IV Rosel George Brown
  • Do you ask out of courteous curiosity, as meeting travelers may do, or for some other reason?

    The Light That Lures Percy Brebner

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